SA vote passes Big Time committee

By Sara Blankenheim

At the Student Association Senate meeting Sunday, the Big Time Entertainment committee was approved by a vote of 21 to 10.

After the meeting ended, Sen. Mike Brady, the former Campus Activities Board president, tendered his resignation.

“If you want to bring in more acts, talk to the organizations, tell them they aren’t doing their jobs,” he said at the meeting. “They have the tools that the SA doesn’t to bring in big acts.”

Brady said the problem can not be solved by the creation of a committee.

“I’m not saying this bill is bad, I’m not saying it’s good,” he said. “I’m not saying it’s hurting CAB. It’s not about CAB.”

Brady was unavailable for comment after the meeting.

Sen. R.J. Gravel also expressed his disapproval of the bill.

“This seems like a plain insult to the CAB,” he said. “It’s as though you’re saying CAB has no goals.”

According to a bill information report by SA Treasurer Shaun Crisler, the committee was not designed to replace CAB, but to continue where it had been leaving off.

The new committee will receive $37,500 from the SA’s general reserve, which is partially funded by student fees. The money will be used in conjunction with other organizations to bring in acts.

“Basically, our job is to get students in there to make sure we provide entertainment,” Crisler said.

Sen. Frank Woodin agreed with Crisler.

“The idea behind this committee is not to organize the events,” he said. “It is to provide ideas and part of the money to help bring in acts.”

Sen. Michael Potjeau opposed the bill because of the way it was selected.

“To have five randomly chosen students to research and report on entertainment for the entire school is a narrow focus,” he said.

SA President Kevin Miller supported the bill, referring to student interest.

“I’ve heard nothing but positive results from students that I’ve talked to,” he said. “I think this is the best thing we have yet. We’ve got to do it.”

The committee also will become a liaison between students and the Convocation Center, according to Crisler’s report.

After the approval of the bill, Gravel mentioned that there would be long-term financial effects on other organizations.

“Just remember, those of you that are part of organizations on this campus,” he said. “When you want an increase in your budget next year and you don’t get it, remember this day.”